The Happy Container team is a group of Bachelor students from Erasmus University College (EUC) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We come from all over the world, and have found a common purpose in supporting those arriving to Europe as refugees. We believe in a tolerant, integrated society, and we think every person and child in the world should have a chance to develop themselves and to share happiness!

With your help and by combining our personal experiences and respective skills, we believe we can work to contribute to this vision. We are working in collaboration with our mother organization, Happy Caravan, as well as with other partners for various events.

Feel free to click on our faces to get to know us a little more!

Fabian

Fabian

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Fabian
Austrian

Fabian grew up in a small town in Austria amongst a partly South African family.

In the past he has assumed positions in the European Youth Parliament, which gave him experience in working with NGOs and carrying out large projects. He has also worked as an assistant in a Kindergarden for a year, and has a great connection with children. When he heard about the situation in Thermopylae, he chose to create Happy Container with his friends because it allows him to put his skills to use for something that he believes is truly valuable. His single-minded, dedicated, “hacker-kid” nature makes him a valuable asset for the project’s realization.

Next to his position in Happy Container he likes to spend his time making music, traveling the world (the picture is from Viet Nam), and doing winter sports.

 

 

Nico

Nico

Neuroscience and Psychology
Nico
Greek/Dutch

Niko is Greek but has grown up in an international environment in the Netherlands. He has completed a bachelors in Neuroscience and Psychology but is primarily interested in social issues regarding technology and politics. He has previously worked in the humanitarian aid sector by co-coordinating an NGO for helping refugees in Greece. He is keen on participating in projects to ameliorate the lives of refugees, with an eye on the chronic process of achieving asylum and being given the right tools for long-term integration.

A poet at heart, Nico loves to entertain and to share bits of culture with those around him!

Nabeel

Nabeel

Philosophy, Politics, and Media
Nabeel
Kashmiri

Nabeel Khan is a third-year student studying Philosophy, Political Sciences, and Media.

He was inspired to open a refugee school after volunteering with Happy Caravan and befriending its founder, Ala. He has often volunteered before and keeps involved with humanitarian issues. While he was born and raised in England, he is originally from India-administered Kashmir, which has been a conflict zone for many decades. This allows him to empathize with people who suffer under the conditions he was lucky enough to avoid living through. His motivation for doing this project is to actualize the theories he learns about the world through his education, to create a tangible impact that will effectively improve at least a few people’s lives.

Nabeel also enjoys, philosophy, writing and filmmaking, and aspires to integrate them into his career with the hopes of not becoming a starving artist/writer!

Emilie

Emilie

Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Emilie
Belgian

Emilie is 19 years old, she was born in Belgium and has lived all around the world since.

She is very excited to be a part of the Happy Container team, because she firmly believes in a more solidary society. She welcomed the opportunity to dedicate her time to a project with a concrete objective, and to work together with refugees in order to find solutions to improve their life conditions. In the past, she has created a humanitarian organization in her high school, and she has volunteered at a school for disadvantaged children in Colombia, two wonderful experiences which have consolidated her motivation to work with NPOs.

Outside of Happy Container, she likes to spend her time reading, discovering music or exploring the city of Rotterdam and its many hidden gems!

Linde

Linde

Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Linde
Dutch

Linde van Noord is a third-year student at EUC, majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Every once in a while, she puts down her books and explores the outside world…

While living in Rome, she first encountered and worked with Syrian refugees who fled during the summer of 2015; the intense period of unprecedented arrivals on Europe’s beaches. In January this year, she worked with Happy Caravan in Thermopyles for the first time.

Feeling inspired by the story and passion of the founder and organization, she returned last summer and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come.

Elena

Elena

Pre-med
Elena's Bio
Mexican
I am very passionate about people. I care a lot about people and my surroundings. Growing up in Mexico really opened my eyes to the multiple inequalities and injustices in our society. Wanting to do something to help narrow these inequalities, I got involved in several projects. I participated as a teacher in in a community-based education program for adults, as a volunteer to build emergency homes in underprivileged areas in Mexico and as a volunteer in a girls’ home. When I came to study in Europe, I realized that there were very different situations that required efforts from all of us in order to improve them, such as the refugee crisis. Which is why I decided to get involved in the Happy Container project. Furthermore, education is one of the most important things for me and I believe that everyone should have access to it regardless of their situation. As a person I love hanging around with my friends, reading, and am a big big art enthusiast, especially film and theatre.
Yazan

Yazan

International Law
Yazan
Syrian

Happy Container represents the most meaningful project that Yazan has worked on in university thus far. In recent years, the tragedy of the refugee crisis and the unfortunate circumstances of refugees in Europe has taken on a personal dimension for him as a Syrian citizen. Inspired by the efforts of Happy Caravan, he has seen that there is a variety of possible ways to affect refugee’s lives for the better. He believes that nowhere is this more important than for the lives of refugee children, who should not miss out on a lifetime of opportunity and success.

His academic knowledge surrounding legal matters, finances, the refugee crisis, and his Syrian cultural background are valued in the Happy Container team. In addition, his international background allows him to draw upon a range of connections with regards to volunteering and fundraising, and enables him to communicate bilingually with people of diverse backgrounds.